A lot has been happening to me lately, both within the realm of this blog’s scope and outside of it.
Firstly, my D&D campaign has stalled. One of the player’s partners is very sick, and so they are moving to Queensland to be closer to her family. This is a very hard time for them, and obviously the game is of no consequence in the face of such things. Still, it’s a little sad. The campaign was just getting off the ground, and was shaping up to be perhaps the best I’ve ever run. This is always a risk with role playing games. They can be very emotionally investing, like tuning in to your favourite TV show (mine is Orphan Black at the moment by the way – haven’t enjoyed a show this much since Buffy), but even more intense. And in my experience they more often than not peter out, always ending before their time.
Maybe when things settle down for them we can play by Skype or something.
I also have some good news. Since I quit my PhD I’ve been scrounging up low/unpaid work on the side as an editor and proofreader, which I really enjoy. I’ve started proofreading an upcoming cyberpunk skirmish game by a British designer, and am really excited to know that my name will be in print as an editor.
I’ve also been selling off my 40k stuff, and while I didn’t get as much as I’d hoped for my Iybraesil Eldar, one of the bidders contacted me and commissioned me to make him a female Ulthwe farseer on a jetbike. I’m pretty stoked: I know not everyone likes my dirty painting style and let’s be honest, there are commission artists out there far more skilful than I am. But it really made me happy to get his email, and to know that I’ll be paid for doing something creative.
Finally, just a little thought to finish off. I’ve been playing Shadowrun Returns on my laptop and it’s really fun. It even has a level editor! I love messing with them. Anyway, it’s made me realise that what I really want is for Infinity to be Shadowrun, only without all the silly elves and orks and magic. I want a modern cyberpunk RPG that isn’t science fantasy. But then, Infinity almost is an RPG. You could certainly play it that way.
I guess that’s why I keep wanting there to be a viable and widely accepted Mercs faction. Instead of being someone’s military, I want to be a team of shadowrunners: street scum – maybe even ateks – hired to do illegal black ops. With cyber-enhancements and mirrorshades and cargo pants and leather jackets. That would be fantastic.
Note: if you read this yesterday (13 March), I just edited it a bit because I realised it might have come off as a criticism of Infinity, which is not what I meant. I think I just became aware that while there are many similarities, Japanese and Western cyberpunk are not quite the same. The Western genre tends to be more dystopian and focuses on stories about low-lives. Infinity is a great game, but the clean, ordered, military focus puts it firmly in the Japanese style of cyberpunk.